A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Robert Downey Jr.,
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife Jennifer and entraps her lover, Lieutenant Robert "Rob" Nunally. He signs a confession. At the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all of the objects moving in ways he predicts.Written by
The DVD contains some deleted scenes: A different introduction of Beachum at his house. A love scene between Nikki Gardner (Rosamund Pike) and Beachum (Ryan Gosling) (seen in two versions: the first is rather "energetic", the second has a more sensual tone), in Nikki's apartment Beachum carries her down the stairs. Beachum visits Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) at the hospital and tells her about his family. An alternate ending: here Beachum realizes that Ted (Sir Anthony Hopkins) has switched the guns by looking at different photographs. He then breaks into Ted's house and confronts Ted (who saw him on the CCTV and triggered the alarm), wearing Lieutenant Robert "Rob" Nunally's (Billy Burke's) gun. The catch here is that the shells of the bullets reloaded by Ted into Nunally's gun have Ted's fingerprints on them. Beachum then puts the gun in the rolling marble model, which Ted subsequently destroys to get the gun and wipe the bullets clean. After he is finished, Beachum opens the drawer where Ted keeps his gun (which is shown empty) and tells him that Nunally's gun is actually at the lab. A second alternate ending which basically is the same as above, except for some of Ted's reaction to Beachum's explanation, and the arrival of Police Officers to Ted's alarm. See more »
Beachum's home is on the corner lot of Minnesota St and Prewett St. When he is leaving his driveway the morning of the trial (43 min in) the sun appears to be rising over Downtown LA.
However, since his home is north-west of DTLA it is actually setting over LA - the sun never sets over DTLA from that perspective. See more »
The tagline of this film sounds interesting, but also shows the movie's thin plot. 'I shot my wife. Prove it.' Ultimately, the film is smart and witty and keeps you intrigued the entire time as you try find a way to do what the tagline asks you to. However, that's it. Naturally, Anthony Hopkins can do now wrong and 'newbie' Ryan Gosling does really well. Together in a scene, these two are awesome.
What I like about this film is that it totally focuses on the Hopkins/Gosling story-line. In many other films like these there's always that the policemen/attorneys (in this case Gosling) fall in love and then mess it up/ruin their marriage because the case is tearing them apart, you know the drill. There's always some sub story-line involving romance. Gosling finds romance in this movie with Rosamund Pike's character, but it doesn't evolve into another story-line. It doesn't take Willy Beachum's (Ryan Gosling) eyes off the price and even when it falls apart, he doesn't appear to care much (it's all about getting Crawford behind bars) or to feel a need to make it right. I like that. I mean, I love romance in films, but this movie shouldn't be about that and it's not.
Also, the fact that Ted Crawford (Hopkins) is in complete control over everything and everyone in this film astonishes me. This man plays roles like these so well! He just keeps you glued to the screen. The way he is in charge of Willy for (almost!) the entire film is just enjoyable to watch, making the end of the film even more enjoyable when the story comes out and the roles change.
Another reason to praise Gosling for the way he portrayed Willy Beachum. Anthony Hopkins is a legend. He is what draws people to theatres and he is one of the most brilliant actors of all times. Plus, he portrays such a strong character here that I can't help but praise Gosling for holding his own in a very strong manner. Scenes with Gosling are entertaining to watch. You feel drawn to him in almost the same way you feel drawn to Hopkins, even though Willy is in a dark place for most of the film and is hardly in control. Gosling's got great timing.
The story-line might be a little thin and fragile, the outcome is worth it. The movie surprises in more than one way, not in the last place because of the pretty much brilliant performances of both actors. Gosling is going to be big.
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